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3 February 2017: Annual Declaration of Compliance

RTOs are to submit the Annual Declaration of Compliance to the VRQA by 1 April 2017.

Submitting the annual declaration is required under Guideline 5 of the 2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers (docx - 204.24kb), and confirms an RTO has systematically monitored compliance and that any issues identified have been corrected.

The 2017 annual declaration provides the opportunity for noting compliance or noncompliance.  If noncompliance is identified, please provide the reasons and any rectification measures being implemented in the relevant section.

The annual declaration must be signed by the principal executive officer/chief executive officer registered with the VRQA as listed on (TGA).

Please send the Annual Declaration of Compliance to the VRQA by email at or mail addressed as follows:

Annual Declaration of Compliance
GPO Box 2317
Melbourne Vic 3001

Not submitting the declaration or not contacting the VRQA will be deemed as non-compliance with the ongoing registration requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).  The VRQA will follow up individually with non-compliant RTOs.

3 February 2017: TAE Training and Education Training Package (TAE) delivery requirements that take effect from 1 January 2017

RTOs are reminded that from 1 January 2017, Guideline 4.5 of the 2016 VRQA Guidelines (docx - 204.24kb) has come into effect.
Under Guideline 4.5 of the 2016 Guidelines, trainers and assessors delivering:

  • TAE40110/TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • TAE SS00001/TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set, or
  • any assessor skills set from the Training and Education Training Package
    must hold:
    • a Diploma of Vocation Education and Training (TAE50111/TAE50116), or 
    • a Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50211/TAE50216), or
    • a higher level qualification in adult education.

    If the trainer/assessor does not hold one these qualifications, they must:

    • work under the supervision of someone who holds TAE40110/TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
    • not determine assessment outcomes.

More information can be found in the 2016 VRQA Guidelines (docx - 204.24kb) or on this website.

3 February 2017: Total VET Activity Reporting

All RTOs have an obligation to report to the VET national provider collection (that is, to complete AVETMISS reporting).

Unless an exemption applies, your RTO must report:

  • all VET student enrolment activity conducted in 2016
  • all award issuance activity conducted in 2016.

Your RTO is required to report any VET activity, including:

  • activity that attracts government funding and activity that does not attract government funding
  • activity that is conducted in Victoria and/or Western Australia.

If you have not reported data through the state training authority (Higher Education and Skills Group, Victorian Department of Education and Training), you must report directly to NCVER. NCVER opened its web-based AVETMISS Validation Software system from Tuesday 3 January 2017 and is now accepting direct reports from RTOs. You must submit validated data reports by close of business Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Your RTO is required to meet these data provision requirements as a condition of registration. The VRQA may impose regulatory penalties if your RTO does not meet these data provision requirements.

More information regarding AVETMISS reporting is available from NCVER at AVETMISS Support for RTOs.

Please direct any queries regarding these matters to the VRQA at

3 February 2017: Unique Student Identifier (USI)

RTOs must have a valid and verified USI for all students before issuing a qualification or statement of attainment to students and must include USIs in their AVETMISS data submission for all their students except where exemptions apply.

Students will soon be able to access a transcript of their qualifications reported to NCVER via AVETMISS. Missing information will be able to be added via NCVER’s USI Transcript Update Tool for those students whose qualifications or other training was reported without a USI in 2015. 

Further information is available on the Australian Government Unique Student Identifier website.



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